Exactly a month to the day, Ava has strep throat. Again. Don’t even get me started on how she needs surgery to fix her ear thanks to the surgery she had when she was 2 because she had too many ear infections.
This kid has not had so much luck in the sick department this year. Between strep, ear infections and viruses, it’s been rough. Thankfully though, neither she nor Allie has gotten RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) in over a year. frantically knocking on wood. Right now it seems like everyone I know (or see on Twitter) has a sick kid. Seriously germs, give us working parents a break! The dilemmas of who can take off and how schedules will be rearranged can be super stressful, without taking into consideration a little one who doesn’t feel well.
It doesn’t matter if your kid stays at home (like mine did for two years) or goes to school or daycare. Any amount of time in a daycare or school setting, and the kiddos are still at risk for contracting contagious germs and viruses, like RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus). Your baby doesn’t go to daycare? No problem, right? WRONG. Surely you go to the grocery store, the motherland (Target), or anywhere another kid has come into contact with anything. The germs are still there.
RSV doesn’t mess around and can live on surfaces (doorknobs, counter tops, toys, bedding) for several hours and is often spread through touching, hugging and kissing. When the girls had RSV, it was horrible. The thought that both of them could get worse and have severe troubles breathing that could land them in the ER was terrifying. Luckily since neither were preemies, the risk that their lungs would be more severely impacted was greatly reduced.
With that said? How do you prevent and treat RSV?
There is no cure for RSV, which is why prevention is key. For example, it’s always best to keep a sick child home when possible, to prevent the spread of germs and viruses. During RSV season, EVERYONE (you too moms and dads!) should wash their hands constantly (even your toddler or baby who can’t do it on their own yet, and remember to keep toys, clothes, blankets, and sheets clean.
Right now, our house is Lysol/Clorox central. I mopped the entire house yesterday (no small task when the whole thing is tile). I sprayed everything that stood still with Lysol, and I washed the sheets that Ava had been laying on. Any time I even remotely come into contact with Ava, I washed my hands–especially when I had to give her medicine. The last thing we need is two sick kids, or worse, two sick parents in the house.
For more information, visit the: RSV protection site.